21 Unique Baby Names Inspired by Summer Blockbusters

Tanvier Peart | Apr 7, 2017 Pregnancy

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Summer will forever be known as the hottest time of the year -- but not just because of the weather. In addition to the break from school and the enjoying of casual workdays, summer grants us the opportunity to cuddle up with a bucket of popcorn as we snack our life away at the movies ... and note our favorite baby names.

That's right, the very blockbuster movie you've been dying to see -- that may or may not spur you to mark your calendar -- can also be a source of baby name inspiration.

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So sit back and relax as we share our favorite baby names inspired by upcoming summer blockbuster films.

  • Cipher

    1

    Soo, technically, The Fate of the Furious is a spring movie (it comes out April 14), but we know it will likely be a hit in theaters for months to come. The eighth installment of the zero-to-60 action franchise, The Fate of the Furious will introduce Cipher (Charlize Theron), a cyber-terrorist and badass villain who manages to shake up the group and corrupt Dom (Vin Diesel).

    Defined as weightless, or "a method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning," Cipher is an unusual title that will stand out from the crowd.

  • Quill

    2

    Later this year, Star-Lord -- aka Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) -- and crew are returning for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. We're so excited to see this superhero in action, as Quill will set out on a journey to learn about his lineage. Known for being an old-school writing instrument made from a feather, Quill is an adorable name for a superhero in the making.

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  • Syren/Syrena

    3

    The tale of the sword in the stone is heading back to the big screen with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The hot Charlie Hunnam (if you didn't watch Sons of Anarchy, honey, you missed out!) will star as Arthur, who will take on Vortigern (Jude Law) to reclaim his crown.

    Two characters set to make an appearance in this film are Syren (Hermione Corfield) and Syrena (Lorraine Bruce), both with names rooted in Greek that mean "enchanter."

  • Branson

    4

    Sci-fi lovers should mark May 19 on their calendars, as Alien: Covenant, the follow-up to Prometheus, is on its way. As the characters move to uncharted lands, let's just say things will take a turn for the worse. 

    One character you'll want to watch is Jacob Branson (James Franco), captain of the Covenant ship. Whether you're an Alien fan or not, be sure to bookmark the name Branson. English for "son of the raven," Branson is a unique baby name idea that will likely grow on you.

  • Tennessee

    5

    Another baby name from Alien: Convenant you might want to consider is Tennessee. Played by Danny McBride, Tennessee is the chief pilot of the Covenant ship who inspires us to reach for the stars. And what's awesome about the adorable name Tennessee is that you can use it for a boy or a girl.

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  • Haifaa

    6

    Shiver me timbers -- we have another Pirates of the Caribbean movie on the way! In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself in hot water (again) as he takes on a powerful enemy. 

    While we can almost guarantee what's in store (sword-wielding, water splashing), we're very interested to learn about the character Haifaa (Golshifteh Farahani), who has an intriguing name. A variant of the Arabic Haifa that means "slender" or "delicate," Haifaa is a unique title filled with so much mystery.

  • Brody

    7

    No summer season would be complete without a beachy movie, and the Baywatch reboot gives us just that. Bringing a new lens to the classic series about lifeguards, this movie will likely have tons of hot swimsuits and slow-motion running as the lifeguards dash off to save people in need. 

    Zac Efron stars alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Matt Brody, an Olympian and bad boy who becomes a lifeguard to restore his public image. Though no parent would want his or her child to travel down such a road, you can't deny the cuteness of Zac Efron the name Brody. Hailing from the Gaelic broth, which means "a ditch," Brody is an adorable choice you can bestow on a baby boy or girl.

  • Summer

    8

    Speaking of summer and seasonal vibes, Baywatch also gives us Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario), a love interest of Matt Brody (Zac Efron) who brings the smarts to the party. You gotta admit, Summer is a pretty perfect name to keep you basking in the sunshine.

  • Diana

    9

    Well OF COURSE we have to tip our hats to Wonder Woman, as she is getting her own movie this summer. We're so excited to see Gal Gadot kick ass in Wonder Woman this June. An Amazon princess and daughter of Zeus in the film, Wonder Woman sets out to put an end to World War I. (Yeah, talk about goals.)

    Although Wonder Woman is a pretty badass name, we're quite taken with this superhero's real name: Diana Prince. Diana is a classic title with vintage charm and true staying power. Plus, it's quite heavenly, as Diana comes from the Latin divus, which means "divine." So sweet.

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  • Sameer

    10

    In addition to Diana, the movie Wonder Woman also gives us the name Sameer -- which you could also turn into Sameera (just sayin'). Pronounced sah-MEER, Sameer is an Arabic name that means "pleasant companion" -- which is music to any parent's ears. Plus, Sameer is the name of a secret agent (Saïd Taghmaoui) in Wonder Woman, which scores the title some extra cool points.

  • Etta

    11

    Another Wonder Woman character whose name we're eyeing is Etta Candy (Lucy Davis). Etta is the fun-loving secretary of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine); the name is a cute shortened version of the Scottish Maretta, associated with "pearl."

    This is one name you won't want to pass up.

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  • Sterling

    12

    Well, whaddayaknow know? Another movie sequel, LOL! The Cars animated franchise has been a huge hit among families for quite some time -- and for good reason. In Cars 3, the lovable Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) will see if he's still got the speed, as cars new to the racing game appear faster and more high-tech.

    One car you'll want to keep your eyes on is Sterling (voiced by Nathan Fillion), a wealthy business car who manages the Rust-eze Racing Center. Sterling is one of those baby names with vintage vibes (it was a popular title in the early 1900s). While many associate Sterling with silver and being lustrous, the name actually comes from the Old English stærling that means "a type of bird."

  • Kira

    13

    Can your heart take another reboot? If so, get ready for Tom Cruise to take on The Mummy. Hoping to stop Princess Ahmanet, aka the Mummy (Sofia Boutella), from wreaking havoc on the world, Nick Morton (Cruise) and his crew will be ready to throw down with the ancient enchantress.

    While we want no part of that in real life, one thing we're willing to take is the name Kira, inspired by the character Kira Lee (Chasty Ballesteros). Kira is a striking name that's the female alternative to Kieran (we think a girl could use Kieran, but whatevs). It has roots in the Irish name Ciarán, which some consider to mean "little dark one." (Just don't pay attention to that part.)

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  • Cade

    14

    Transformers: Robots in disguise! Fans of this iconic franchise likely have Transformers: The Last Knight marked on their calendars. A showdown between humans and the Transformers, this movie promises huge explosions, people screaming as they run away from said explosions, and Transformers -- of course!

    One person you can expect to see riding in or hanging off a car is Mark Walhberg, who will reprise his role as single dad and inventor Cade Yeager.

    And, guess what? We're putting his name, Cade, on our short list.

    A noted English short name, Cade comes from the Middle English cade that means "cask" or "barrel." We love this baby name and think it's such a good find!

  • Lennox

    15

    Still have Transformers on the brain? So do we! In addition to Cade, another baby name idea from Transformers: The Last Knight is Lennox, in honor of Josh Duhamel's character, William Lennox. Your son (or daughter) can be a soldier-in-training with this title, or embrace nature, as Lennox comes from the Gaelic leamhanach, which means "elm-trees."

    Hmm ... maybe a happy combination: a fighter for the trees or environment?

  • Margo

    16

    One element that has made the animated Despicable Me movies so so entertaining is the lovable bond between sisters Margo, Edith, and Agnes. Each has a unique personality and brings something fun to the table. As excited as we are to see all of them return for Despicable Me 3, we can't stop eyeing the name Margo.

    Margo is a pet name from the classic Margaret, and it's delightful beyond words. It's extremely vintage and refined -- and that pretty much sums up its significance, as Margo comes from the Greek maragon that means "a pearl."

    Yup, we love it.

  • Silas

    17

    While we don't know how much (or little) we'll see Silas (voiced by Steve Coogan) in the movie Despicable Me 3, we can't wait to see the film (Gru and his long-lost twin Dru will go head-to-head) and are earmarking the name Silas for future use.

    Silas, pronounced SIY-ləs, is a name that makes you take pause, as it's quite memorable. Pulling inspiration from the Aramaic sh'īlā that means "asked for," Silas is a frolicsome baby name you might want to consider for your boy. Plus, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel named their son Silas -- so you really can't go wrong.

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  • Adrian

    18

    One hot summer blockbuster that will fly into theaters in July is Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now, we know what you're thinking: Haven't they done a ton of reboots? Yes, they have ... but this one looks pretty good and will feature a cameo from a fellow Avenger. (Spoiler: It's Iron Man.)

    In addition to battling midterms and finals, a teenaged Peter Parker will have his hands full with Vulture, aka Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), who will give this superhero teen hell. Still, Adrian is a noteworthy baby name that's gender-neutral and pretty timeless.

  • Winter

    19

    There's a chance you might miss the name Winter in the movie War for the Planet of the Apes, as the chilling title doesn't belong to a human in the film. Rather, Winter is the name of a gorilla in Caesar's tribe who helps the apes fight for their freedom.

    Regardless of what anyone thinks, we happen to love the name Winter -- and seeing as the name Summer made our list, it's only fitting to have another season, right? 

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  • Penny

    20

    Welp, if you're planning on watching the It reboot in September, please make sure to leave the kiddos at home. 

    ... You don't want the nightmares.

    Pennywise is back at it as the ancient evil in a small town where children "mysteriously" start to disappear. As much as we're not fans of Pennywise -- or clowns, if we're being honest -- the name Penny is a popular '60s throwback that still makes us smile.

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